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St Peter’s Basilica Tickets, Tours & Times (Skip-the-line, Private, Add-ons)

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St. Peter’s Basilica is known as one of the most popular tourist attractions found in Rome and throughout the world. From pilgrims to historians, this ancient landmark has become the cultivator for many an individual’s life-changing experiences.

More than just a beautifully designed structure, Saint Peter’s Basilica also represents the center of the Catholic Church. Home of the Pope and many catholic dignitaries, one can also find some of the most sought after historical texts ever written and some of the most prestigious pieces of art ever made.

So whether you are a pilgrim, a historian, an artist, or just really want to have your socks blown off, you won’t find a better place to visit. Seeing the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica will be like nothing you have ever experienced, this we can guarantee!

Things to know before you book:

  • As one of the world’s most famous sites, expect tourists
  • The Basilica can be closed at any time due to its religious functions
  • No photos can be taken in the Sistine Chapel

Highlights:

  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica with its famous dome and catholic dignitaries
  • Walk the roof of the cathedral or delve into its mysterious crypts
  • See the best of Michaelangelo’s work and other famous artists

St Peter's Basilica from a distanceVisiting St. Peter’s Basilica is epic, to say the least! From its ancient history and architecture to its political and religious significance, the church is filled with enough imagery and information to leave you starstruck and wanting more.

A Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica will always be centered around the historical and cultural attractions found within the Vatican. Depending on your tour choices, you could see the top of the dome, or explore the famous crypts below. There is literally never enough time to cover it all in a day.

You will get to explore the interior of the chapel, admiring the paintings, mosaics, and sculptures that fill its halls. Inspect the famous Pietá, surround the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, and see where the previous 201 popes are buried, from St. Peter himself to Pope John Paul II.

And if this wasn’t enough, you’ll get the opportunity to see the famous Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the Vatican Museum, and possibly Rome from the roof of the Church!

St. Peter’s Basilica Ticket Prices 2019

Tickets to St. Peter’s Basilica are free should you not want to be guided! For guided tours, prices begin at around $40 USD and can go so far as $500 USD.

St Peter Basilica ticket prices all depend on whether you’re after the standard, expansive or private tour options.

St. Peter’s Basilica Opening & Closing Times

As it’s a church, St. Peter’s Basilica is bound to the operating hours of mass times and special services.

On a regular day, you can expect St Peter’s Basilica to be open daily from 7am to 6/7pm (depending on the time of year):

April-September: 7am – 7pm
October-March: 7am – 6pm

Best Time to Visit St Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican is a never-ending hive of tourists and activities throughout the year, and as the heart of Catholicism, is always full of pilgrims and tours.

With this in mind, we wanted to surmise traveling to the Vatican into 3 timeframe categories:

Time of Year: November through February is the “low” tourist season within Rome and it is almost always preferable for traveler’s who are looking to avoid Italy’s hot, humid days. This in comparison to between March and October (peak season; mid-summer). If possible, try and aim for the “shoulder months” i.e. October, November, February, and March.
Time of Week: Weekdays are preferable as you have less of a chance of having your tour cut short by a religious event!
Time of Day: The best time of day to begin your tour would be either early morning before the gates open or an hour or two before they close when tourist traffic is at its lowest

St. Peter’s Basilica Tour OptionsSt Peter's Basilica from the river

Every Pope that ever lived has walked through these halls, since its inception with St Peter. Basilica tickets to tour these same halls are easy enough to come by, but it’s choosing the right tour that you’ll find becomes a more difficult task.

Maybe you’d want to go with the flow on the standard tour and keep it “simple”? Or you might prefer a more private tour, away from the rest of the crowd? Maybe you want to specialize a bit and visit the roof or crypts of the church! Either way, the choices are yours and you’re going to need help to make a good one.

St Peter’s Basilica Fast Entry TourInside the cathedral

Get all the history and art exposure you could ever want from a St Peter’s Basilica tour, with this skip-the-line guided tour.

Take a walk from St Peter’s Square and jump past all the queues on your way into the church, with your No Wait Access Ticket in tow. Not only will you have ease of access, but you will be guided by one of the Vatican’s very own official guides!

What we liked:Great for those looking for a well-run tour of the Basilica

INCLUDES:
  • Headsets
  • Official Vatican tour guide
  • Groups Monitoring Fee

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • Optional Added Activity Costs
  • Cupola Entrance Ticket

You can expect to go straight inside of the church without the worry of lines or fees as your guide fills every step you take with stories and information on your surroundings. You’ll learn how this mighty structure grew from the humble church it started out as.

Take pictures, notice the details and fill your mind with stories of those who walked these halls before you. Your tour will end in the Basilica’s main hall, where you can choose to linger on if you want to.

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St Peter’s Basilica Climb and Crypts TourView of Rome from the dome roof

Take your St. Peter’s Basilica tour to the next level with the added opportunity of climbing to the summit of Michaelangelo’s Dome. Then delve into the Papal Crypts and famous Vatican Catacombs!

If you’re interested in adding something different to your itinerary and getting that extra experience whilst visiting the Vatican, then consider adding “The Climb” and a visit to the Crypts to your trip.

What we liked: Get a 360° view of the Vatican and Rome, and see where the Popes are buried.

INCLUDES:
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • A Lift for those not keen on climbing the stairs

EXCLUDES:
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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If you’ve seen the Basilica before, make a thing of going to see the Vatican from the roof as well as the often non-accessible Vatican catacombs and crypts beneath the cathedral.

Not only will you get a 360° view to die for, but you will have an opportunity to see where the 201 Popes who have been laid to rest. You’ll also get to explore the many many other secrets St. Peter’s Basilica has hidden throughout its many layers!

9Expert Score
A fantastic opportunity to see the home of the Catholic faith in all its historical abundance. You’ll get to see the Basilica from its main halls, from below, and from the roof as you look over Rome. Try to stay for as long as you can as you will want to take in as much of it as possible!
Comfort
8
Location
10
Value for money
10
Convenience
8
Fun
9
Level of activity
9
PROS
  • Get to see the Vatican in all its glory
  • Bypass any and all the queues
  • Have access to special locations
CONS
  • Often not enough time to take it all in
  • No wheelchair access
  • Could be canceled at any time due to religious functions

Specification: St Peter’s Basilica Tickets, Tours & Times (Skip-the-line, Private, Add-ons)

Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

1-3 hours

Excludes

Cupola Entrance, Optional added activity costs, Food and drink (unless specified)

Includes

Extra locations, Professional guide, Skip-the-line access

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (unless specified)

Pickup

Not Provided

Suitable For

pilgrims, Couples, Families with older children, Solo travelers

37 reviews for St Peter’s Basilica Tickets, Tours & Times (Skip-the-line, Private, Add-ons)

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  1. Anonymous

    Small groups are the way to go. Early entry is also important. Time is money. Instead of a million people you only go with half a million. Lol. Seriously, I have been to Rome 3 times. It can be like Disneyland. Viator has been a part of.many of these trips because they are efficient and usually have good guides.

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  2. Anonymous

    Our tour guide was just amazing. She was passionate, funny and very knowledgeable. I would live to follow her through Rome for days.

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  3. Anonymous

    Not enjoyable. Guide was knowledgeable but the crowds were oppressive. I found the men working in St Peters to be arrogant and rude. We paid a lot for not much.

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  4. Anonymous

    This tour was one of the highlights for us in Rome!! The climb was an adventure in itself with incredible views along the way.

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  5. Anonymous

    We really enjoyed this tour. Laura was a great guide, very knowledgeable and funny. The meet-up and sorting people into groups went well. We started early, 8am so the queue for security was not too bad but Laura took our minds off the queue by talking to us about the architecture and history and keeping us interested. We then went up the lift to the gallery before starting the climb of 322 steps to the top of the dome. It was hard going but the view was worth it. Laura then took us into the church with microphones so we could hear everything that was said, the crowds weren't too bad, the sights are amazing and Laura kept her interesting commentary going throughout the tour. Laura then took us into the Crypt before the tour was complete. We would recommend this tour as an alternative to the museums if you want to avoid the crowds.

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  6. Anonymous

    Tiberius was a great guide and I learned a tremendous amount about the history, art and construction of St Peter's. I would recommend him to anyone.

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  7. Anonymous

    Book tour for early morning, it gets hot quickly. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable on all aspects of the basilica and dome. We enjoyed it

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  8. Anonymous

    totale arnaque. la basilique est gratuite. si vous avez une visite guidée de la chapelel sixtine, il ya une entrée vers la basilique

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  9. Anonymous

    NOT need for 0830am in December. A complete WASTE of money. No line at 0830 and the Basilica is FREE

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  10. Anonymous

    The queue was huge, and we literally went straight to the front and we were in. Worth every penny to skp the line

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  11. Anonymous

    Words can't describe, you have to come and see it yourself. Unforgettable experience we all enjoyed it so much and remember forever. Thank you

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  12. Anonymous

    There literally was zero wait, you get right in! The audio guide was not the easiest. They didn’t tell you in advance that you needed to download an app, ad it wasn’t working due to slow service. The self guided tour is confusing as the paper is numbered but the sites are not. Some of it was a guessing game.

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  13. Anonymous

    This tour was excellent, going to Saint Peter's Basilica was one of the main reasons I return to Rome, since I could not visit it on my previous travel to Italy. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us excellent information to our tour group regarding how to access the main sites within the Basilica after our tour ended to roam ourselves. The reason I am not giving 5 stars to my review is because I was added to this tour group instead to the one I was actually suppose to be with. I would not have mind it at all, because I also speak Spanish and my tour was for an English speaking group, but the problem was that I was not in the security gate list to access with the group I was assigned, therefore they were counting one extra person who shouldn't be entering along, and on the same token I did not have an audio device assigned for my use. After it was all clear out and I was permitted to enter and gotten a device as well our tour commence. It almost soured my experience, fortunately our guide was a very professional and I finally feel welcome to enjoy.

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  14. Anonymous

    As it is our first time to visit Rome, we made sure to visit St. Peter's Basilica. Our tour guide Silvia, made sure the tour was informative. She asked if she could answer any concerns we had and always had a smile on her face. Thank you.

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  15. Anonymous

    A very nice tour with a knowledgeable guide. Finding the tour guide was a challenge but we found the meeting place in time for the tour.

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  16. Anonymous

    If I could rate this higher than 5 stars I would. Our guide Michele was fantastico! He gave us an English and Italian narration of all the beautiful locations. He was a great captain and we were all comfortable and safe on board. Our ages range from 11 to 70 and every single one of us had a wonderful time. The views are beautiful and the water wad bluer than the sky! Michele went out of his way to keep us engaged and happy. The on board “happy hour” was a pleasant break from snorkeling and swimming!

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  17. Anonymous

    Ms. Constanza was our tour guide. Our group was quickly escorted through security and into the church. She was very informative and friendly.

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  18. Anonymous

    The tour operators and tour guide were efficient and knowledgeable. They point out details you would miss otherwise in a self guided tour. Recommended.

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  19. Anonymous

    Our tour was wonderful, we learned a lot about the history of St. Peter’s Basilica and our tour guide was great!!

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  20. Anonymous

    Hop on & hop off bus is very convenient to see the places

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  21. Anonymous

    Fast track tickets, on a super hot and sunny day, we didn’t have to queue. We saw the queue which we believe would have taken us 1 hour. So greatful to have bought this ticket! We loved the experience in this church as it is one of the most fascinating church in Europe (well probably in the world)

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  22. Anonymous

    You have to download an app on your smartphone so ensure you have enough battery, memory storage and bring earphones if possible. Best decision to get audio guide- could explore the whole place at our own pace (instead of following the tour guide’s pace). Audio guide was very informative and had explanations for every statue/painting. Very interesting.

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  23. Anonymous

    it gives you indeed a fast track pass to get inside according to your time slot. hassle-free. there are only limited shaded areas while waiting so dont bother going there an hour before your slot specially during summer like we did. would recommend this if you’re with kids and senior citizens

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  24. Anonymous

    The church is architecturally beautiful. The other things you can but the there’s a small fee. The statues and paintings were amazing to see. I would definitely recommend getting the fast pass because it is quite busy. Oh also recommend you bring a water bottle for free water if you come in the summer time.

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  25. Anonymous

    They were easy to find and allowed us to go in ahead of time. The audio guide was comprehensive. The basilica was super awesome and grandiose.

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  26. Anonymous

    You must book this! Lines to the Basilica is extremely long. This one is surelyca skip the line access. I did not have to wait for others to form a group. As soon as I got to the meeting point, one of the guides took me to the beginning of the line at the security check point, put my bag on the xray belt and told me to walk in. That easy. Then the hold me to pickup my audio inside where they have a big booth just before you enter the church.

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  27. Anonymous

    You must book this! Lines to the Basilica is extremely long. This one is surelyca skip the line access. I did not have to wait for others to form a group. As soon as I got to the meeting point, one of the guides took me to the beginning of the line at the security check point, put my bag on the xray belt and told me to walk in. That easy. Then the hold me to pickup my audio inside where they have a big booth just before you enter the church.

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  28. Eric – United States

    You can wear shorts!

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  29. Anonymous – Australia

    Great Guide! Our guide Alfredo was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience easy and brilliant! Thank you!

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  30. Henrik

    Fantastic guide!

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  31. MARTA – United States

    Patricio (Patrick) did an amazing job as our tour guide!! He’s knowledgeable and entertaining!! Everything was splendid!!

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  32. Jamie – United Kingdom

    I made a really good tour guide, I did very well. I would recommend me again

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  33. Gabriel – Spain

    Genial

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  34. Matthew – United States

    I am glad we went with the guided tour. The Basilica is so large, we would have wandered aimlessly without our guide. Recorded tours are ok but can’t answer your question like a guide. The guide is a must.

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  35. Julia – Austria

    Sehr interessante Tour, freundlicher und fachkundiger Guide.

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  36. Anonymous – Spain

    Great

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  37. Anonymous – Spain

    Cúpula

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